The Truth About FGM and Why It Needs to Disappear

I will post links to organizations fighting to put an end to FGM.

The Truth About FGM and Why It Needs to Disappear

What is it?

Female circumcision is defined as, "the action or traditional practice of cutting off the clitoris and sometimes the labia of girls or young women." It is a procedure that has no health benefits for girls or women. Over 200 million women, young and old alike, have had this procedure done in 30 countries. It is mostly carried out on girls between the ages of 0-15 years of age. This procedure is a violation of the human rights of girls and women for reasons I will explain later on.

What are the short term effects?

severe pain
excessive bleeding (haemorrhage)
genital tissue swelling
fever
infections e.g., tetanus
urinary problems
wound healing problems
injury to surrounding genital tissue
shock
death

The Truth About FGM and Why It Needs to Disappear

What are the long term effects?

urinary problems (painful urination, urinary tract infections);
vaginal problems (discharge, itching, bacterial vaginosis and other infections);
menstrual problems (painful menstruations, difficulty in passing menstrual blood, etc.);
scar tissue and keloid;
sexual problems (pain during intercourse, decreased satisfaction, etc.);
increased risk of childbirth complications (difficult delivery, excessive bleeding, caesarean section, need to resuscitate the baby, etc.) and newborn deaths;
need for later surgeries: for example, the FGM procedure that seals or narrows a vaginal opening (type 3) needs to be cut open later to allow for sexual intercourse and childbirth (deinfibulation). Sometimes genital tissue is stitched again several times, including after childbirth, hence the woman goes through repeated opening and closing procedures, further increasing both immediate and long-term risks;
psychological problems (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, low self-esteem, etc.).

What are the reasons for this procedure?

This procedure is carried out because it is a tradition in many areas of the world. Yes, you heard me right... Because it's a tradition. Many perform and undergo this grotesque operation, simply to conform. It is an accepted and unquestioned social norm in many places and people do it out of fear of social rejection.

This tradition is often fueled by the belief that it would be improper and unacceptable to raise a girl without the operation. The purpose is to lessen women's urge to have (premarital) sex. "When a vaginal opening is covered or narrowed..., the fear of the pain of opening it, and the fear that this will be found out, is expected to further discourage extramarital sexual intercourse among women."

The Truth About FGM and Why It Needs to Disappear

Some cultures find it more pleasing to the eye because they consider they body parts, unclean, unfeminine, or even male.

My opinion

This is a heartless, barbaric, primitive, baseless, horrific, unforgivable, delusional act of misogyny and ignorance. It's just one of many examples around the world of the fact that beliefs take precedent over facts even when the basic health and well-being of others is in question. It is a grotesque violation of human rights, no matter what the reason for the operation. It should be fought against, outlawed and punished wherever it happens.

If you are apart of a community that performs FGM, and support FGM, you need to seriously re-evaluate your reasons. If you are in a community that performs FGM, and are against it, you need to fight it, any way you can. No religion prescribes this treatment, and women do not deserve it.

Organizations against FGM:

https://www.28toomany.org/

https://www.african-women.org/about.php

https://www.npwj.org/it/

https://www.dofeve.org/

https://www.clarionproject.org/#

A simple google search will reveal many more organizations and charities that fight against FGM.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • I can't remember the first time I became aware of FGM but it was a horrifying realisation - It is totally barbaric - Great take to raise awareness

    • Thank you. Yes, it was very similar for me. I've known about it for around a year now, and beforehand had never heard of it. When I found out, it made me physically ill. Much like many other barbaric things done in the name of belief, tradition, and faith.

Most Helpful Girl

  • Don't think I could explain it any more clearly than you did. It is horrific and a terrible thing.

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What Girls & Guys Said

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  • I'm more worried about MGM. FGM has been made illegal by the WHO, the UN and about 95-98% of the worlds countries. Only tribes in far away places still practice it. However MGM is still legal in nearly every single country.

  • Yeah I agree with you. It's a horrible practice.

  • I know this is old but I did a Mytake on this if you wanna checkit out 🤗

  • It has to disappear #endFGM

  • Good post...

  • I’ll care about FGM as soon as people care about MGM.